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Booze Free: Pre-Game Lifestyle Practice

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Say No to Booze Every Day This Week

Simple Instructions:

  1. This week, don’t consume alcohol — beer, wine, or spirits.
  2. You can choose to avoid environments where alcohol is served altogether (such as bars and restaurants) or you can practice making alternative choices, such as club soda rather than a cocktail.
  3. Regardless, we’ll learn firsthand the effect that alcohol has on our wellness by temporarily omitting it from our lives.

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Why Is This Practice Important?

Alcohol is a daily presence in our lives — at celebrations, at mealtimes, and during simple leisure. It serves as a cue for relaxation and social connection and helps ease interactions in new relationships, both personal and business.

It is an accepted (and perhaps expected) practice to drink.

At the same time, alcohol consumption has a host of potentially negative effects — sleep disruption, dehydration, depressed mood, reduced athletic capacity, increased body fat, impaired judgement, and more.

This week, we’ll explore what life is like without alcohol, determining for ourselves if the benefits of abstaining are greater than the social benefits. In the process, you’ll observe your mood, behavior, and performance, learning firsthand the effect that alcohol has on your life.

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Jon Gilson
Jon Gilson is a coach and writer, and the former CEO of the Whole Life Challenge.

Previously, he founded Again Faster Equipment, a functional fitness equipment company created to serve the CrossFit community. Established in 2006, Jon took the Company global in 2012, twice landing on the Inc. 500/5000 list of America’s fastest growing private companies.

From 2007 to 2013, he served as a Senior Lecturer for CrossFit, Inc., training aspiring CrossFit trainers at over 100 seminars, including engagements in Iceland, Afghanistan, Moscow, Holland, the United States, and Canada. Jon also served on the CrossFit L1 Advisory Board, helping establish policy for the organization’s training efforts from 2011 to 2013.

He’s also done stints in state government, gym management, and consulting — and currently teaches classes at CrossFit City Line.

Jon graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2003, summa cum laude, with a B.A. in Psychology. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Finance and Control from the Harvard Extension School, 2006, and has completed coursework in data analytics.